LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2012 Archive 5


 

September 28, 2012

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September 28, 2012

Omega-3s & Omega-6s Show Promise Against ADHD: Cochrane Review

A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may help with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new review from the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.

Read more about the review here.

 

September 28, 2012

Italian Supplements Group Sues EU Over Health Claims

Italian food supplements trade group FederSalus has brought an action against the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) in European Union courts.

Read more about the story here.

 

September 28, 2012

Static in the Attic: Ways to Enhance Memory And Lead a Brain Wellness Lifestyle

PRNewswire

Do you ever walk into a room and wonder why you are there? Are you frustrated because you sometimes can't recall names of people, but you recognize faces? Do you ever forget where you put your wallet, keys and/or glasses? Do you find yourself in the middle of a conversation, and suddenly "blank" on the next word you wanted to say?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, you have plenty of company. All of the above can be normal memory changes as people age. While the frequency of "senior moments" and "tip of the tongue syndrome" increases as we age, it is not necessarily a sign of decline or the signal of impending Alzheimer's disease or other disease process.

Read more about the story here.

 

September 28, 2012

Multivitamin Shows Brain Boosting Activity For Elderly Women

A daily multivitamin and mineral supplement with added herbal ingredients may boost performance accuracy and enhance neural efficiency in older women, suggest data from a randomized controlled trial from Australia.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 27, 2012

Women and Children First? Benefits of Cranberry May Be Better For Certain Population

Consuming cranberry products may reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) by about 40%, says a new meta-analysis that also indicates that certain groups may benefit more than others.

Read more about meta-analysis here.

 

September 27, 2012

Wild Blueberries May Decrease Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Wild blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) are rich in phytochemicals such as polyphenols including flavonols, phenolic acids and anthocyanins, compounds for which previous studies have reported an association with reduced risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 27, 2012

New Findings May Reshape Treatment of Breast Cancer

GINA KOLATA

International Herald Tribune

Researchers have identified four genetically different types of breast cancer that call for different treatments and point to the use of drugs approved for other cancers.

In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of the cancer. And within those types, they found hallmark genetic changes that are driving many cancers.

Read more about the research here.

 

September 26, 2012

Cup of Cocoa Combats Cognitive Decline

A number of previous studies suggest that dietary intake of antioxidant compounds from plant-based foods, can exert cardiovascular benefits. Flavanols are a type of antioxidant that are found abundantly in cocoa products. Giovambattista Desideri, from the University of L’Aquila (Italy), and colleagues enrolled 90 older men and women affected by mild cognitive impairment (MCI), in a study in which each subject was randomized to drink varying levels of a dairy-based cocoa containing flavanols per day, for eight weeks: 990 mg, 520 mg, or 45 mg. The subjects who consumed either 520 or 990 mg of cocoa flavanols for two months demonstrated significant improvements on cognitive evaluations – specifically, verbal fluency and Trail making, as compared to those who drank 45 mg.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 26, 2012

Mythbuster: Yo-Yo Dieting No Deterrent To Future Weight Loss, Study Reveals

Carol M. Ostrom

The Seattle Times

Diet news is never just plain good. Good would be something like "Eating chocolate causes you to lose weight and gain lean muscle mass, study finds."

The latest, out of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is not like that.

Yo-yo dieting, researchers have found, actually doesn't change your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight in future efforts, as widely believed. So just because you've lost and gained, lost and gained, lost and gained, you now have no excuses. Do it again. And likely, again.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 26, 2012

Rebuttal to AMA Attack On Fish Oil

If you had to rely on the media's sensationalist reporting of the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA), you might think there is no value to omega-3 supplementation.

Yet the JAMA study itself reported on published benefits of fish oil as follows: Substantial reduction in triglycerides (even the FDA recognizes this) Reduction in serious arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) Decreased platelet aggregation (protects against clots forming in arteries) Modest reduction in blood pressure. There are other mechanisms by which fish oil helps prevent heart attack, such as protecting against inflammation, but just the four benefits outlined in the JAMA study itself provided a scientific rationale for anyone concerned about vascular health to ensure adequate omega-3 intake.

Read more about the rebuttal here.

 

September 26, 2012

Coffee May Offer Bowel Cancer Protection: Study

Consumption of four or more cups of coffee per day may be associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer, suggests new data.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 25, 2012

Cocoa & Green Tea Compounds Counter Inflammation

Cocoa and green tea contain high levels of antioxidants, as a number of previous studies have suggested a variety of cardiovascular, brain, and skin health benefits. Whereas cocoa is rich in flavanols, green tea is abundant in polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Read more about the study here.

 

September 25, 2012

The 'Skinny' on Obesity

The Record, Bergen County, NJ

IT'S NO longer a revelation that many Americans are overweight. Surveys and studies constantly make that point, and the most recent one from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was no exception. It said that 68 percent of American adults are overweight and that things may very well get worse.

Some may find the drumbeat of warnings about obesity a little hard to take. However, as we have seen in other areas, repeating a message often pays off. Anti-smoking campaigns that began in the 1960s have reduced the number of American adults who regularly use tobacco from 42 percent in 1965 to less than 20 percent today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This week's report on obesity drew a strong correlation between being overweight and such afflictions as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and arthritis. It estimated that if present trends continue, medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity- related diseases will increase from $18 billion to $66 billion nationwide by 2030. In a nation trying to put a lid on rising health costs, those numbers should not be ignored.

Read more about the report here.

 

September 24, 2012

Berry Pigments Show Heart Health Benefits

Increased intakes of anthocyanins – antioxidant pigments from fruit and vegetables – may reduce blood vessel hardening and improve overall heart health, says a new study.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 24, 2012

What Exactly Are GMOs And Why Should They Be Labeled?

(NaturalNews) GMOs (genetically modified organisms) were brought into the world by a chemical company, not an agriculture or food group. Monsanto created DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, marketed aspartame, and created bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to infect milking cows that put pus into commercial milk.

Read more about the report here.

 

September 21, 2012

Booze-Free Red Wine May Aid High Blood Pressure

Alcohol-free red wine may help to lower blood pressure levels to a greater extent than wine containing alcohol, according to new research that suggests the boozeless drink could cut heart disease and stroke risks.

Read more about the research here.

 

September 21, 2012

Inadequate Sleep Can Lead To Obesity, Study Suggests

Helen Branswell

Canadian Press

In a commentary published in this week’s Canadian Medical Association Journal, two obesity researchers argue that the old formula — energy in must be lower than energy out — is too simplistic.

“We tend to always talk about food and physical activity and we need to go beyond that to include what I call other non-caloric factors,” said Jean-Philippe Chaput, a specialist in preventive medicine who works on obesity in children at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa.

“We know that obesity is very complex. It isn’t one-size-fits-all. People gain weight for different reasons. It’s not always an increase in food intake. It can be stress. It can be depression. Genes. Different factors.”

Inadequate sleep is among them, wrote Chaput and his co-author, Dr. Angelo Tremblay, of the department of kinesiology at Laval University in Quebec City.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 20, 2012

Higher Vitamin B6 Levels Associated With Lower Risk Of Invasive Breast Cancer

An article published online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention reports the finding of researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center of an association between higher levels of the active form of vitamin B6 known as pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP) and a lower risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

The study included 1,412 women enrolled in the Multiethnic Cohort in Hawaii and Southern California prospective study. Seven hundred six invasive breast cancer patients were matched for age, ethnicity, menopausal hormone use and other characteristics with an equal number of women without the disease.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 20, 2012

Psoriasis Patients At High Risk Of Diabetes

NewsRx.com

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Diabetes Week

Munich, Germany - Patients with psoriasis are at high risk of new-onset diabetes mellitus, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2012. The findings were presented at the press conference by Dr Ole Ahlehoff from Copenhagen University Hospital, Gentofte, Denmark and at the scientific session by Usman KHALID (see also Diabetes).

Read more about the research here.

 

September 19, 2012

Healthy Food Makes People Better Looking

United Press International

Foods that make a person healthier also make them better looking, a U.S. food expert says.

"Vitamin C rich foods, especially strawberries, can help keep your skin glowing and bright. Vitamin C is an important building block for collagen, which supports the underlying structure of your skin. Just 1 cup of delicious strawberries contains over 100 percent of your daily vitamin C recommendation," Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com. "Other vitamin C rich foods include bell peppers, broccoli, pineapple, kiwis, kale, oranges and other fruits and vegetables."

Read more about the report.

 

September 19, 2012

Researchers Uncover How Green Tea Compound Boosts Brain Function

The green tea compound epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) provides benefits to memory and special learning by boosting the production of important neural cells, say researchers from China.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 19, 2012

Study To Look At How Vitamin D Can Improve Angioplasty Outcomes

A recently announced study on vitamin D to be conducted at the Creighton University School of Medicine will look at the substance’s possible role in preventing atherosclerotic arteries from re-closing after stents have been put in place. But, according to lead researcher Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD, the results could also be a step in the direction of the Holy Grail of personalized nutrition and health care.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 18, 2012

Work, Mahjong And Tea: Hong Kong's Secrets To Longevity

Agence France-Presse

Covered in smog and cramped apartment towers, Hong Kong is not usually associated with a healthy lifestyle. But new figures show that Hong Kongers are the longest-living people in the world.

Hong Kong men have held the title for more than a decade and recent data show women in the southern Chinese city overtaking their Japanese counterparts for the first time, according to the governments in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong women's life expectancy rose from an average 86 years in 2010 to 86.7 years in 2011, while Japanese women's longevity was hit by last year's earthquake and tsunami, falling to 85.9 years, census figures reveal.

So what is Hong Kong's secret to a long life?

Click here to read more about the report.

 

September 18, 2012

Fish Oil May Protect Against Muscle Deterioration In The Elderly: Pilot Study

Consumption of fish oil could help boost muscle strength in elderly people by around 20%, according to pilot data which will form the basis of a new study analysing the effect of fish oil on muscle deterioration.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 18, 2012

Reduced Vitamin D Levels Linked To Critical Childhood Illness

An issue of the journal Pediatrics this month contained a report by Canadian researchers which reveals a greater prevalence of deficient vitamin D levels in children hospitalized with critical illnesses.

Read more about the research here.

 

September 18, 2012

Chocolate Linked To Improved Brain Performance

Chocolate can improve brain functioning and mood, according to scientific review assessing over 100 previous studies linking chocolate to health benefits.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 17, 2012

Could Vitamin E Fortified Foods Help In Fight Against Childhood Asthma?

A new research project will investigate whether a vitamin E rich diet can help to modify the risk of childhood asthma, by supplying mothers-to-be with a vitamin-rich fortified soup.

Read more about the research here.

 

September 17, 2012

Strawberry Compounds May Protect the Skin

WorldHealth.net

The earth receives the sun's ultraviolet A (long-wave) and ultraviolet B (shortwave) rays. Exposure to UV-A radiation is known to induce discrete lesions in DNA and the generation of free radicals that lead to a wide array of skin diseases. Strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) contains a number of polyphenols with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Maurizio Battino, from the Universita Politecnica delle Marche (Italy), and colleagues prepared human skin cell cultures (fibroblasts) and added strawberry extract in different concentrations (0.05, 0.25 and 0.5 mg/ml), the only exception being the control extract.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 15, 2012

Food-Drug Interactions, Nutritional Deficiencies, Side Effects Common While Dieting

NewsRx.com

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Diabetes Week

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) advises caution when consumers choose to begin a new diet program. Consumers should speak with their pharmacist, physician or other healthcare professional to determine if there are any health risks with the regimen they are about to begin, especially if they are on any medications that could potentially have an interaction with the new diet (see also American Pharmacists Association).

The prevalence of obesity in the United States increased during the last decades of the 20th century. According to a 2011 report from the American Heart Association, 149.3 million Americans age 20 and older and about 1 in 3 children ages 2-19 are overweight and obese. Obesity adversely affects the quality of life and increases the risk of a number of health conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

Read more about the report here.

 

September 14, 2012

Special Focus: Omega-3s For Heart Health

Tuesday’s meta-analysis in JAMA concluding that omega-3s may not benefit heart health has been widely disputed by industry experts. In this special focus, NutraIngredients-USA revisits our recent coverage of other omega-3 meta-analyses that found significant benefits for the fatty acids.

Read more of the special report here.

 

September 13, 2012

‘Flawed’ Omega-3 Meta-analysis Harms Public Health: GOED

A new meta-analysis that questioned the heart health benefits of omega-3s is ‘flawed’ and could deter consumers from taking fatty acid supplements and could be harmful to public health, says omega-3 trade association GOED.

Read more about the report here.

 

September 12, 2012

One Drink Raises High Blood Pressure and Heart Attack Risk Drastically

A recent study from Harvard exposed a very common drink as a major contributor to high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks.

What’s worse, other risk factors skyrocketed with just 2 of those drinks per day as well, such as pancreatic cancer (87%), diabetes (44%) and gout (85%).

Read more about the study here.

 

September 12, 2012

Vitamin D Pills May Boost Muscle Power For Overweight People

Supplementing a resistance training regime with daily doses of vitamin D may improve muscle power and help shed inches from the waistline of overweight and obese people, says a new study.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 12, 2012

Meat Reduction: ‘Recommendations Should No Longer Be Based On Health Effects Alone’

Dietary recommendations to cut back on red and processed meat could help the UK government toward its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as providing health benefits for individuals, claims a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 11, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors In Old Age Add Half A Decade To Life Span

Engaging in health-promoting lifestyle behaviors during one's golden years can result in a longer life, even among the very old, according to research described online on August 30 in the British Medical Journal.

Read more about the research here.

 

September 11, 2012

How to Take Amino Acids

ConsumerLab.com

Question:

Must I take amino acid supplements on an empty stomach? Can I take them with other amino acids or with food to help with swallowing capsules?

Read the answer here.

 

September 11, 2012

NIH Launches Trial To Evaluate Anti-inflammatory Treatment For Heart Attacks, Strokes, and Cardiovascular Deaths

NewsRx.com

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Diabetes Week

An international multi-site trial has launched to determine whether a common anti-inflammatory drug can reduce heart attacks, strokes, and deaths due to cardiovascular disease in people at high risk for them. This study is being supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a part of the National Institutes of Health.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 10, 2012

Cranberries Too Good Just For Thanksgiving

United Press International

Cranberries are full of nutrients and antioxidants, and should not be used only on Thanksgiving, a U.S. expert says.

"Cranberries are low in calories -- 25 calories per one-half cup of fresh cranberries -- contain vitamin C, manganese, vitamin K and fiber, as well as high quantities of antioxidants," Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com, said in a statement.

"Cranberries are good for kidneys, gastrointestinal and oral health, if unsweetened. They also lower low-density lipoprotein, the 'bad' cholesterol, and raise high-density lipoprotein, the 'good' cholesterol."

Read more about the report here.

 

September 10, 2012

Turmeric Compounds Show Blood Sugar Management Activity

Extracts from turmeric may help manage blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes, suggest data from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial from China.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 7, 2012

Can Herbal Products Provide Sun Protection?

NewsRx.com

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Immunotherapy Weekly

Recent research supports the ability of some herbal agents, taken orally or applied topically, to prevent sunburn and limit the damage caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Natural products with proven and promising photoprotective properties are highlighted in an article in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

Read more about the research here.

 

September 7, 2012

Algae Boosts Immune Markers

Chlorella is a single-cell green algae that has been cultivated since the 1940s for its bioactive substances, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, and more. Korean researchers enrolled 51 adults, who were randomly assigned to receive either tablets containing 5 g per day of chlorella, or placebo, for eight weeks.

Read more about the research here.

 

September 7, 2012

Anxiety May Accelerate Aging

Telomeres are the end caps of chromosomes, protecting the DNA complexes from deterioration during cell division. Telomere shortening is considered a marker of cellular aging, and prematurely shortened telomeres have been linked to increased risk of cancers, heart disease, dementia and death. Olivia Okereke, from Brigham and Women's Hospital (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues completed a cross-section of study involving 5,243 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 7, 2012

High-Normal Blood Sugar Could Adversely Impact The Brain

The September 4, 2012 issue of the journal Neurology® published the finding of Australian researchers of an association between high normal plasma glucose levels and a decrease in brain volume in nondiabetic men and women. Although research has established an association between type 2 diabetes and cognitive impairment, the current study suggests an adverse effect on the brain for glucose levels considered by most authorities to be within a normal range. "Numerous studies have shown a link between type 2 diabetes and brain shrinkage and dementia, but we haven't known much about whether people with blood sugar on the high end of normal experience these same effects," commented first author Nicolas Cherbuin, PhD, of Australian National University in Canberra. "These findings suggest that even for people who do not have diabetes, blood sugar levels could have an impact on brain health."

Read more about the research here.

 

September 6, 2012

Green Tea May Influence Brain Function & Boost Working Memory: Study

Drinking green tea may affect parts of the brain linked to working memory, says the first study ever to use functional neuroimaging methods to test the effects of green tea on the brain.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 6, 2012

Breast Cancer Recurrence, Death Linked To Obesity, Study Finds

David Templeton

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Women who are obese or overweight at the time of diagnosis with the most common form of breast cancer face a higher rate of recurrence and a significantly higher risk of death from the disease.

Those are the key findings of a study published online Monday in the American Cancer Society journal, Cancer.

Led by Joseph Sparano of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Montefiore Medical Center in New York, the study also involved Nancy E. Davidson, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Center, among others.

The study compared health outcomes of obese and overweight patients with large groups of women who have stage I, II and III breast cancer. All had participated in three National Cancer Institute-sponsored treatment trials.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 6, 2012

Fitness Before Age 50 Slows Aging

United Press International

Being physically fit before age 50, not only helps extend lifespan, but it also increases the chances of aging healthily, U.S. researchers say.

Senior author Dr. Jarett Berry of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and colleagues at The Cooper Institute examined data on 18,670 patients participating in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study -- research that contains more than 250,000 medical records maintained over a 40-year span.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 5, 2012

Physical Activity Essential to Prolong Life Expectancy

Reporting that the global mortality burden of physical inactivity stands at over 5.3 million deaths annually, is similar to that of cigarette smoking at 5 million deaths per year, I-Min Lee, from Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues urge for initiatives to promote attainment of World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of 150 minutes/week of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 5, 2012

Gut Bacteria Linked To Obesity-Related Health Problems

Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun, Maryland

The answer to why some obese people develop diabetes and other health problems may be found not in just a love for junk food, but in the bacteria that thrive deep in the human gut.

Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have identified 26 species of intestinal bacteria linked to insulin resistance and the high blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels suffered by the obese. These preventable conditions often lead to potentially fatal health problems including stroke, heart disease and diabetes.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 5, 2012

France Publishes 200,000+Item Nutrient Database

“How many calories does an apple contain? How much protein is found in yoghurt? Which fruit contains the most vitamin C, oranges or black currants?”

Read more about the report here.

 

September 5, 2012

Chia Seeds May Exert Cardioprotective Effects

A number of previous studies have suggested that increased, long-term consumption of foods rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may counter the inflammation response, thereby exerting a cardioprotective effect.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 4, 2012

Supplementation With Curcumin Prevents Progression To Diabetes Among Prediabetics

Supplementing with curcumin extract may help protect against the development of type 2 diabetes among prediabetic men and women, according to the findings of a trial published online in the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes Care.

Read more about the study here.

 

September 4, 2012

Subpoenas Of Energy Drink Makers No Cause For Panic, Sources Say

Sources within the dietary supplement community say the recent action by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in regards to energy drinks and shots is a cause for concern, but sets no alarm bells ringing.

Read more about the story here.

 

September 4, 2012

Vitamin B3 Offers Superbug Protection

The September, 2012 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation reported the discovery of Cedars-Sinai researchers of a protective effect for vitamin B3 against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Read more about the research here.

 

September 3, 2012

Belly Fat A Greater Health Risk Than Obesity, Mayo Study Says

Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.

Here's another reason to fret over a flabby stomach.

A new study suggests that adults who aren't technically overweight but have a lot of fat around their guts run a higher death risk than people who are obese.

Conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the study looked at people with normal body mass index scores who also fit the definition for "central obesity" -- meaning they had a high waist-to-hip ratio.

Normal-weight patients with a lot of belly fat, it turned out, had the highest death risks from cardiovascular disease and other causes, according to a study presented recently at a scientific meeting in Europe.

Read more about the study here.

 

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